Makeup may only be temporary, and washed off at the end of every day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tons of fun to use it to accentuate your best features, downplay the ones you’re not so fond of, and try out a variety of great looks as a means to express yourself.
But makeup—temporary though it is—can also be used as an anti-aging tool. To be sure, the best anti-aging methods involve nourishing and healing your skin for long-term results that will be there whether you’re made-up or not, but that said, there’s certainly something to the “fake it ’till you make it” mantra. In other words, we are not saying that you can abandon your dreams, serums, and exfoliants and just use makeup instead. Obviously, keep using all those things, and keep reevaluating and making sure you’re using only the best. In the meantime, though, while you wait for those long-term results to eventually kick in, use makeup as a stopgap, so you can have flawless, youthful, radiant skin right now. To help you along the way, we have some killer tips and tricks that actually work. Read on if you’re ready to look great today.
Deal with Dark Circles
Dark circles, one of the peskiest banes of cosmetic brilliance on the planet. The solution? Use clever color-matching to neutralize them. You want a concealer that’s close in brightness to your skin tone, one tone lighter at most, but with more yellow than your actual skin. Dark circles tend to have a purplish hue, so using a yellow concealer will neutralize their color and make them just about completely disappear. Further, only apply where dark circles are actually present, and rub the concealer in with short, vertical motions, not horizontal.
Kill Crow’s Feet…the Right Way
One of the biggest problems with disguising fine lines like crow’s feet is that concealer tends to cake in and around them and actually emphasize them, making your problem worse. Part of this, once again, is related to color matching. The other half of the puzzle is weight and texture.
Regarding color, crow’s feet tend to have brown undertones. So where you want yellowish concealer when it comes to dark circles, crow’s feet require a different color-neutralization tactic. Search for a concealer with pink or pink-beige tones if you’re fair skinned, peach or ocher tones if you’re medium to olive skinned, and for darker skin tones than that, just look for something close to your own skin tone, with just a hint of pink. Apply only to the crow’s feet, after you’ve already concealed dark circles.
Choose Your Lips Carefully
While in the long term, proper care and maintenance of your lips should let you rock any color you like without issue, for now, aim for various shades of mauve and pink. These colors are subdued enough not to draw attention to the fact that your lips may be thinner than they once were (a problem you’ll no doubt fix with time and attention), but still give your face a youthful “pop” and rosiness.